Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 8-19-2013

AUGUST 19, 2013

  • New appointments
  • Personnel records go paperless
  • CLEVNET expands
  • ACA and education online resources
  • Friends of the Library
  • Public service report

Board members Jeffrey Eummer, Rob Fischer and James Posch were absent.

New appointments

Julia V. Murphy was appointed  full-time marketing assistant. She has been an administrative assistant and volunteer coordinator for the North Union Farmers Market.

Lauren Saeger was appointed full-time youth services librarian. She has a master’s degree in library and information science and a master’s in music as well. She has been with the library as a youth services associate since October 2012. She will present story times and become involved in school-age program planning.

Personnel records go paperless

Laurie Marotta, human resources coordinator, presented an overview of electronic systems for overseeing training, performance management and merit-based compensation systems. She has found that the product produced by Halogen is the best fit. Although it does not have a time-keeping component, there is no other system containing that component along with the other items Halogen provides. Board discussion concluded that no one vendor provides a product that will handle all of the systems that the library needs. The board authorized purchase of Halogen Software’s subscription services in the amount of $24,140 for the first year and $15,385 for the second year.

CLEVNET expands

Nancy Levin, director, reported that six new libraries have joined CLEVNET, the system that includes Heights Libraries. The network now comprises 44 libraries in 12 counties across Northeast Ohio, serving more than a million library cardholders. A 2009 study of the efficiencies of the system showed a collective cost savings of more than $30 million because the libraries could share cataloging services, administration, computer equipment and professional support. This savings translates into an average six-dollar return for every dollar invested by CLEVNET libraries.

CLEVNET plans to have the largest e-book collection in the United States. Levin serves on the director’s panel, representing the east side of the CLEVNET area. She asks those with ideas or concerns to share them with her.

ACA and education online resources

The State Library of Ohio has created an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Web page for libraries ( and will continue to develop the site as more information becomes available.

Ohio public librarians now have access to a new Web resource covering the many changes to Ohio’s pre-K–12 education system. Information can be found at

Friends of the Library

The next Mega Book Sale will be held the first weekend in November. The group’s annual meeting will be Oct. 20. Assisted by the shipping area staff, Friends sent out 50 boxes of donated books to Better World Books.

Public service report

Among the highlights included in the July public service report are:

  • Associate L.P. Coladangelo organized the Tanabata Celebration, a month-long series of programs focusing on Japanese culture. The five programs attracted 184 people, and included a presentation on the Japanese Star Festival of Tanabata; a performance of classical and folk dances; an outdoor drum group performance at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Arch; a demonstration of Kendo, the art of Japanese fencing; and an introduction to the game of Go by the Cleveland Go Club. In addition, a Japanese study group met at the Coventry Library.
  • Local author Tricia Springstubb gave a dramatic reading of her latest book, Phoebe and Digger, to the Story Stop Crowd on July 26.
  • As of Aug. 4, the BookBike has served more than 1,100 community members in 19 different outings.
  • The “Bridging Cultures” bookshelf, a collection of books and DVDs provided by the Muslim Journeys grant, arrived in July and is displayed on the fireplace mantel at the University Heights Library. The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities supported this grant.
  • A number of library staff planned the End of Summer Reading Party where 207 children, and their families, enjoyed crafts, snacks, henna tattoos, face painting, games and a Flower Clown.

LWV Observer: Anne S. McFarland.

These meeting summaries are abstracted from LWV observers’ written reports. The summaries have been edited and prepared by Anne McFarland, Charlene Morse, and Maryann Barnes. To receive e-mail postings of full reports, send an e-mail to or join through Google groups using “lwv-chuh observer reports” as a search phrase.

These reports contain member observation and selected highlights of public meetings and are not official statements of the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

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